Tag: Classic Combat

The Most Recognizable, Influential Athlete of All Time – And the Greater Legacy Beyond in Pop Culture

Bold, brash, and nicknamed “The Louisville Lip” in his early days, boxing’s only 3-time Lineal Heavyweight Champion of the World ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธMuhammad Ali (56-5-0, 37KO๐Ÿ‘Š) certainly had the stones to back up his words, and he did it all in style. Continue reading “The Most Recognizable, Influential Athlete of All Time – And the Greater Legacy Beyond in Pop Culture”

Pundits, Laugh No More – Foreman On the Comeback Trail Destroys Cooney and Makes People Believers

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(Memorabilia photos collected by Don Ankofski)

Written by Trรฉ Berry III๐Ÿ–Š๏ธ | 01/15/2021

On this date, ๐Ÿ—“๏ธJanuary 15th, 1990, former World Heavyweight Champion ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ“Big” George Foreman (64-2-0, 60KO๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ‘Š) at the age of 41 cemented the serious nature of his comeback bid, as he obliterated well-respected Heavyweight ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธGerry Cooney (28-2-0, 24KO๐Ÿ‘Š) in devastating fashion inside of two rounds that was the start to a change of the narrative regarding George’s standing in what was a brand new era. Continue reading “Pundits, Laugh No More – Foreman On the Comeback Trail Destroys Cooney and Makes People Believers”

The Two Prideful World Champions Collide in San Juan, Puerto Rico (Carlos Palomino vs Wilfred Benitez)

Written by Trรฉ Berry III๐Ÿ–Š๏ธ | 01/14/2021

On this date, ๐Ÿ—“๏ธJanuary 14th, 1979, RING/WBC Welterweight Champion of the World ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ“King” Carlos Palomino (27-1-3, 15KO๐Ÿ‘Š) came into this bout, having a firm stranglehold over the โš–๏ธ147 lb. division for 3 years dating back to the year 1976.  Accompanying Palomino to the ring on this night was gifted prodigy ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ทWilfred “El Radar” Benitez (36-0-1, 24KO๐Ÿ‘Š), who had already left his mark in the sport by becoming the youngest ever to win a Title after beating the great ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ดAntonio Cervantes at Junior-Welterweight. Continue reading “The Two Prideful World Champions Collide in San Juan, Puerto Rico (Carlos Palomino vs Wilfred Benitez)”

Having a Second Crack At It – Johnny Famechon and Fighting Harada Go to Duel in Their 1970 Rematch

On this date,ย ๐Ÿ—“๏ธJanuary 6th, 1970, reigning RING/WBC World Featherweight Champion ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บJohnny Famechon (54-4-6, 20KO๐Ÿ‘Š) of France (by way of Australia), would seek to defend his title against legendary Japanese former 2-division RING Champion, ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตMasahiko “Fighting” Harada (55-6-0, 22KO๐Ÿ‘Š), seeking to become a true “Triple-Crown winner” after winning Titles at โš–๏ธ112, and 118 lbs. Continue reading “Having a Second Crack At It – Johnny Famechon and Fighting Harada Go to Duel in Their 1970 Rematch”

A Centuries Worth of Time, and a Legend Taking Care of Business (Jack Dempsey vs. Bill Brennan)

Exactly 100 years ago to the day ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ(December 14th, 1920), the legendary “Manassa Mauler” ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธJack Dempsey defended his World Heavyweight Title for the second time in his run as he defeated ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธBill Brennan by way of 12th round knockout.ย  Dempsey won the Championship one year prior by destroying ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธJess Willard, putting him down a total of 7 times in the first round, and forcing his corner to quit in the corner after round 3. Dempsey went on to secure his legacy, defending his Title 5 times before relinquishing his crown to ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธGene Tunney.